Jharkhand Foundation Day: Electricity situation in Jharkhand has improved, but this dream is still incomplete

After Jharkhand became a separate state, a lot of work has been done in the electricity sector. Especially the electricity network has expanded. However, electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is still a dream for the state. Electricity consumption in Jharkhand has increased significantly in 23 years. Compared to the year 2001, the demand for electricity has increased three times. In the year 2001, the demand for electricity was 800 to 1000 MW. At the same time, today it has increased from 2400 to three thousand MW.

Before the formation of Jharkhand as a separate state, 80 percent of the villages in the state were such that people had never seen electricity. Out of 32497 villages, only 8000 villages had electricity. Today electricity has reached 29434 villages of the state. At the same time, with the increase in population, many hamlets have been formed, where only partial supply of electricity has started. In such a situation, Mukhyamantri Ujjwal Jharkhand Yojana has been started to provide electricity to 9322 hamlets of the state. Rs 1485.30 crore will be spent on this.

Many new power plants were built:

After Jharkhand became a separate state, DVC, Tata Power and some private companies set up their own power plants. DVC has set up a 1000 MW power plant in Koderma. At the same time, a 1000 MW power plant has also been set up in Maithon, Dhanbad by Maithon Power Limited, a joint venture of DVC and Tata Power. Apart from this, additional power plants of 55 MW from two private companies Inland Power and 285 MW from Modern Power were installed in the state.

Jharkhand government has its own power plant TVNL. About 380 MW electricity is produced from here. 120 MW electricity is being produced from Sikidiri Hydel. At the same time, the state government’s Patratu Thermal Power Plant is being built in joint venture with NTPC. Its capacity will be 4000 MW. 1980 MW is to be produced from North Karnapura Power Plant. A unit of 660 MW has become operational here. At the same time, production of 1600 MW has started from Adani’s Godda plant.

Infrastructure has been built and further work is going on:

Work has been going on since the beginning to improve everything from power distribution network to transmission network. As part of the continuous process, work is being done to build distribution networks, transmission networks, power sub-stations and grid sub-stations. About two lakh transformers have been installed in the state so far.

There are 9871 km 33 KV lines in the state. A network of 97 thousand 741 km 11 KV lines and 1 lakh 15 thousand 732 km LT lines have been laid. Apart from this, work of replacement of wires and replacement of transformers is being done at a rapid pace in all urban areas. Underground cables are also being laid in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad. Work is also being done on transmission network. Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS) has been started at a cost of Rs 32 thousand crores.

Under this, smart meters will also be installed in the homes of 12 lakh consumers of the state.

Work is being done on the network in DVC command area: A big problem of Jharkhand is that in the districts like DVC command area Dhanbad, Bokaro, Giridih, Ramgarh, Hazaribagh, Koderma and Chatra, electricity is supplied by DVC only. Electricity Distribution Corporation does not have its own network here. For this, Jharkhand Energy Transmission Corporation Limited has started work on the plan to lay its network in the DVC command area. The grid has also been completed in Chandankiyari. Grids are being built in Ramgarh, Barkagaon, Gola, Barhi, Bishnugarh, Dugdha, Putki, Mahuda, Petarwar, Hunterganj, Gawan, Nirsa and Simaria at a cost of Rs 1129.09 crore. 13 grids are being built and 22 transmission lines are being built.

Electricity consumers increased from six to 58 lakhs

In the year 2001, the number of electricity consumers was six lakhs. In 2010, there were 14 lakh electricity consumers in the state, which increased to 28 lakh in 2017 and by the year 2023 this number has increased to more than 58 lakh.

Four companies formed for electricity improvement

Within 23 years, Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB), which was working earlier to improve electricity, was divided and four separate companies were formed. This includes Jharkhand Energy Development Corporation Limited, Jharkhand Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited, Jharkhand Energy Transmission Corporation Limited and Jharkhand Energy Generation Corporation.

structure number

33/11 KV Power 531 Sub Station

33 KV Feeder 719 (Length-11543 Km)

11 KV Feeder 1806(Length-73105 Km)

transformer 4872914

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